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SQUEEZE HIT THE BIG TIME (AGAIN)
on 28 January 2008
1987 proved to be a great year for Squeeze. They enjoyed a big hit in both the UK and the US with the manic single 'Hourglass' and its parent album 'Babylon & On' still ranks as the bands biggest selling original record. Slickly recorded at the Hit Factory this is the sound of a group desperately trying to break back into the big time.
This being the work of messers Difford and Tilbrook its full of smart lyrics, giant pop hooks and fully realised beat group arrangements. The only thing it's lacking is the emotion and soul that previous albums such as Eastside Story and Argybarby posessed in spades.
The highlights - 'Hourglass', 'Tough Love', Cigarette Of A Single Man' and 'Footprints' are as good as anything the band recorded. But much of the rest borders on the bland - intelligent catchy bland, but bland nevertheless.
A better place to start is the magnificent 'Some Fantastic Place' or the hit strewn 'Eastside Story'